Recent Sermons

  • Wisdom of the Saint: Part 2

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/10/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  2 Timothy 2:8-15

    What might it look like to remember Jesus?

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  • Being Wise

    SPEAKER: Barbara Edwards

    DATE: 10/27/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 7:21-29

    After Jesus gives the famous sermon on the mountain he offers a parable about the possible responses. One is wise, the other is foolish. 

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  • AWE

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 10/20/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 8

    We all have moment when our faith life lacks inspiration. How can experiencing the wonder of God’s love help move us toward fresh aliveness?  

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  • Use it or...

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/13/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 25:14-30

    With what gifts & talents have you been entrusted?  The Kingdom appears to value the risk of investment far more than the security of safety.  How will CG invest our God-given gifts and talents in 2020?

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  • The Kingdom is Like

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/6/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Matthew 4:17-25

    Jesus launches his ministry with an invitation to follow Him. To their surprise, following involves some open-ended adventures ahead. From a beach side boat launch, Jesus casts a series of similes to stimulate their imagination of God's Kingdom "taking root" among us.

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  • List Item

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 9/29/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Jeremiah 10:1-16

    At the end of his Temple Sermon Jeremiah points out the silliness and futility of worshipping scarecrows in a melon patch when the God of creation is right in front of our eyes. 

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  • Blessed Unity

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/22/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 133

     Laughter and joy replace tears and weeping when the Lord allows new communion.  Restore our fortunes, we pray. 

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  • Our Appeal

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/15/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 126

    How very good and pleasant indeed, when we experience unity.  We witness that God is at work building a family that transcends all barriers that separate and diminish life. Converging from four corners of the world, God's people set all aside to worship side by side. 

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  • Songs of Ascents Part 2: THe cure for contempt

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/8/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 123

    As God's people journeyed toward God's presence, they felt the world's contempt. Paradoxically, knowing the contempt of the world can lead to knowing the grace and peace that overcomes the world. How might we nurture a contempt-free world?  

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  • Songs of Ascents Part 1: Moving Toward God

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/1/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Hebrews 11:29-12:3

    As God's people moved toward worship, they sang songs which became sacred.  The human condition seems not to have changed. We experience uncertainty, dislocation and danger. God provides guidance and help for every step. Hallelujah!


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  • When Sacred Rituals become Sickening

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/25/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Isaiah 1:1, 10-20

    What's required in shaping sacred rituals pleasing to God? With graphic imagery and full candor, the prophet speaks of shortcomings and solutions.


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  • You're Invited!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/18/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Hebrews 11:29-12:3


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  • Tipping Point

    SPEAKER: Sarah Ford

    DATE: 8/11/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 19:1-10

    What might we learn from the voice of Jesus calling Zacchaeus down from a tree?

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  • Managing $1M

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/4/19 

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 12:13-21

    Jesus' parable of the rich man invites us to explore our own relationship with money and how others fit into that relationship.

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  • Gotcha

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/28/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Colossians 2:6-19

    In a swirl of rapid regression and competing philosophies, Paul exhorts the Colossians to the only true fullness of life. 

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  • Kissing Christians

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/21/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Galatians 5:1, 13-25


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  • Always be weird

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 7/14/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  

    The wholeness offered by Christ beckons us forward into a new, sacred, aliveness. We must be wary of the desire to go backwards, returning to what is comfortable or normal. Jesus followers are called to stop pretending, stop policing, stop procrastinating, and always be weird.

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  • Faith on the Margins

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 7/7/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Daniel 1:1-7

    The author of Daniel knew quite well what if was like to navigate a life of faith within a more dominant culture. What lesson's might we learn from the stories he recounted of Daniel's life.

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  • From Tossing to Tasting

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/30/19  

    SCRIPTURE:  Luke 24:13-35

    Numerous features in anyone's life may prevent us from experiencing God. The living Lord seeks to penetrate them all.

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  • Why then the law?

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/23/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Galatians 3:19-29


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  • My peace I give you

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/16/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Romans 5:1-5


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  • Philippi Interupted

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/9/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:16-34


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  • Memorial Day

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/26/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Psalm 67

    The Psalter spoke to many of God's characteristics and ways. This song raises up the expansiveness of God's generosity and love, and exhorts all humanity remember and rejoice!

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  • encore!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/19/19  

    SCRIPTURE: John 21:1-19

    At any great concert, the headliner saves the best-known and most-fulfilling pieces until after the show is over.  Did ancient authors do the same?

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  • Stars and Stairs

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/5/19  

    SCRIPTURE: 

    Regardless of how faithful or fearful, zealous or xenophobic, holy or hidden, we all have hunches that we just aren’t living fully.  Two characters in today’s text each respond to such an epiphany, the effects of which are still on display.

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  • Experiencing Scripture & Scripturing Experience

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/28/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Psalm 36

    Words are the symbolic medium of life experience.  Some portions of holy writ reveal their impetus. Other portions are so vast, one can only imagine the impulse.  What prompted the author of Psalm 36?  Describing God's love stretches words to their limit. 

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  • Dealing with Despair

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 4/7/19  

    SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21

    Despair seems to be a part of life. Regardless of whether or not our own stories are filled with despair, we are all familiar with it and during the season of Lent we seem to be more aware of it. What might we learn from Isaiah 43 about dealing with it?

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  • Beyond the Tomb

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 4/21/19  

    SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18

    Focusing on the mere facts of an empty tomb may preclude participating in the miracle introduced on Easter.

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  • Jesus, We want to be rescued...But not like that

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 4/14/19

    What is it that moves the Messiah to tears? Our exploration of Christ’s dramatic entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week reveals our tendency to want a Savior who helps us get what we want instead of a Savior who truly wants to liberate and set us free.

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    *artwork by J. Kirk Richards

  • Lenten Examen-ation

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/31/19

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13


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  • Beyond the church walls

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/24/19  

    Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney Joe Platania shares why a more civil discourse is vital to an optimal shared future.

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  • From Church Attender to Kingdom Agent

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 3/3/19

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 9:1-6

    Jesus was in the business of inviting people in and sending them out. They were sent out as Kingdom Agents, but far too often churches are creating mere Church Attenders. What does it look like to move from a church attender to a Kingdom Agent?

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  • Two men encounter a savior

    SPEAKER: Erin Collins

    DATE: 2/24/19

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 18:18-25, Luke 19:1-10

    Both Zaccheaus and the Rich Ruler encounter Jesus, but they walk away with different experiences. What might we learn from their encounters?

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  • A more civil Discourse: Part 3: Paul's growing political acumen

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 2/17/19

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 17:16-34

    The Apostle Paul has been a model for Jesus-followers for 2000 years.  What can we learn from him regarding the delicate dance of public discourse? How did Jesus influence Paul's mode of influence? 

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  • A More Civil Discourse Part 1: Conflict and Resolution in the Bible

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 2/3/19

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 1:2-11

    NT examples of conflict abound, from the fallout of bedding one's fathers' wife to division borne of showing preferential treatment to the rich, to simply disagreeing about world-views.  What does the NT model in how to deal with such (internal) conflicts?

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  • Green means Go!

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/17/19

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:9-15

    Peter, Paul and Patrick each had visions which guided their ministries toward the mundane, and even unsavory.  They proclaimed Good news to those burdened by religion, purity codes, isolation, and the economic machinery of their day.  How might these three saints guide us today?

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  • The Lengthiness of Lent

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 3/10/19

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:1-13, Deuteronomy 6-8

    In the Lenten journey (and spiritual life) we choose what to release and what to grasp.  But more importantly, we remember, and even re-root ourselves in the long story of God’s saving work. Jesus models this for us in his Lenten stretch with the tempter.

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  • A More Civil Discourse Part 2:

    Lessons from the Rock

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 2/10/19

    SCRIPTURE: Acts 11:1-12a

    As Jesus finally broke through with the gospel among his disciples, he renamed Simon as “Peter” (Gk. Petros) which means the Rock. Upon this rock I will build my church!  What does the Rock reveal about Christians engaging more effectively with those of differing worldviews? 

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  • The 3f Way

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 1/20/19

    SCRIPTURE: Mark1:14-17, Luke 4:18-19

    Jesus invited humanity into a three-fold movement initially called "the way". This way leads to a new kind of aliveness. What is involved in living that way? 

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  • The IMPRACTICAL ART OF Wall Building

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 12/30/2018

    SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:12-15

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    *artwork by Scott Erickson

  • A RecipE For Joy - PART 2: The first Christmas party

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/23/2018

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 1:39-56

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  • A Recipe For Joy

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/9/18

    SCRIPTURE: Philippians 1:3-11

    How or why did Paul become so exuberant with the Philippians? is it possible for us to experience the same exuberance this Christmas, or always? Let's examine his life and letters for clues about what leads to joy. 

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  • THE DAYS are surely coming

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 12/2/18

    SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 33:14-16


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  • Where are the Other Nine?

    SPEAKER: Joel Jenkins

    DATE: 11/25/18 

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 17:11-19

    What might we learn about thankfulness from a foreign leper?

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  • Being a hospitable Guest

    SPEAKER: Michael Cheuk

    DATE: 11/18/18 

    SCRIPTURE: Luke 10:1-11

    Hospitality is more than just hosting people. What does it mean to be hospitable when we are the guests?

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  • Big Splash

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/11/18

    SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:4-11

    How do we engage with this curious, pregnant, and outrageous ritual?

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  • Walking by Faith

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 11/4/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 11:1-19

    The author of Hebrews recounts the faith-fueled lives of our ancient heroes.  How did they shape the curve we're still living?   How are modern “saints” living faith-fueled lives?  Let's hear about one.

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  • It's all meaningless, so why read THE BIBLE?

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 10/21/18

    SCRIPTURE: Ecclesiastes 1

    Recent research on Spiritual development found that the most catalytic practice for growth was engaging Scripture: reading and reflecting on Scripture for meaning in our lives. When we read and reflect on Ecclesiastes 1 it seems like life is meaningless. So what do we do to grow spiritually and learn about the meaning of life....KEEP READING!

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  • The Heart of worship

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/14/18

    SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:1-21


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  • Salty, Bright, and Righteous

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/7/18

    SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:13-20

    You are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world! Be salty and bright.

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  • better than melchizedak?

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 10/28/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 7:11-28

    Many people enlist trainers, tutors, and guides to maximize success in a chosen area of interest. how does Jesus measure up as the one connecting us to God?

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  • What ever happened to eternal Life

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 9/30/18

    SCRIPTURE: John 17:1-3

    Why does our spiritual pulse seem so thin and thready? Perhaps Jesus offers us more than rudimentary life support.

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  • Stream Dwelling

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/23/18

    SCRIPTURE: Psalm 1

    The psalmist uses a tree to illustrate the nature of a person of faith. How might we be more tree-ey?

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  • Loose lips sink ships

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/16/18

    SCRIPTURE: James 3:1-12

    In a time when Tweets can terrorize immediately and globally, James and Jesus remind us of the potential risks associated with our most untamable tool.  Let's talk about how to minimize its fire.

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  • Extraordinary Relationships: A Path the relational expertise

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/9/18

    SCRIPTURE: Genesis 12:1-3

    You can only relate with who and what you bring to any relationship. How might we each take available steps toward relational success? Does God’s call to Abram give us any clues?

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  • Extraordinary Relationships: Sibling Position

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 9/2/18

    SCRIPTURE: Genesis 25:19-28

    Few experiences are more rewarding than an extraordinary relationship (separate, equal, open). However, little discourages us more than non-optimal relationships with friends, colleagues, family, and God. What can we learn about how we relate simply by noticing our "place" in the family?

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  • Extraordinary Relationships: Where Relating is Born

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/26/18

    SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

    Dr. Roberta Gilbert claims that "separate, equal, and open" are optimal relationship features. Obstacles to these doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Your relational strengths and liabilities are forged in a foundry called the Family of Origin. This nuclear family emotional unit is a second key concept of BFST. How does it compare to Paul's image of the church?

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  • EXtraOrdinary Relationships: A New Way of thinking

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 8/19/18

    SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:1-13

    Relationships are a central and inevitable feature of life. Relating well leads to security, enjoyment, and fulfillment. Relating poorly often begets turbulence, trauma, even isolation. Why are some relationships mysterious and difficult while others come with ease? What is “going on” in relationships which stimulate, stabilize, or stymie the participants? Is it possible to improve our own capacity to be in the various relationships of our own life? Here’s a theory.

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  • Kingdom Participation

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins, Lance King, Zac Cannon, Barbara Edwards

    DATE: 7/22/18

    SCRIPTURE: Mark 1:14-15

    Participation in the Kingdom of God cannot be just an extracurricular activity for Christians. Participation in the Kingdom of God is what it means to be Christian. But participation can be scary especially if you aren't sure what it looks like. 

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  • Kingdom of Heaven

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 7/15/18

    SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:24-52

    Throughout Jesus' ministry he taught in the form of parables, earthy stories with heavenly meaning. In Matthew 13 he uses six parables to talk about the Kingdom of Heaven. If life in the Kingdom is a "great adventure" then it would serve us well to know a little about this Kingdom.

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  • Moving Toward Spectacular

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/8/18

    SCRIPTURE: Mark 5:21-43

    Jesus functions as dynamic healer and restorer in various scenes of sickness, separation, and loss-each time meeting folks where they are and moving them forward in gospel aliveness.  In what ways has Christ moved (with) you? Us? What is Christ doing with you/us now?  Is gospel healing, which likely inspires terror and amazement, discernable among us today? 

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  • Hosea - Getting beyond "NO"

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 7/1/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hosea 11:1-11

    The Lord grieves the steady waywardness of His people.  Will they ever hear His invitation away from the ways of other empires?  Once the fickleness/infidelity/sin sets in, how shall we move beyond “no”? 

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  • Hosea - Putting the Pieces back together

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/24/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hosea 5:15-6:6

    The Lord responds to his beloved's weary face and his own broken heart with resignation. But God reminds them of the steadfast love and corrective action ever-required to heal broken relationships. How do we find our way back from the shadows of suffering, sin, and relational separation to the green pastures of peace?

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  • Hosea - The Insatiable Dreamer God

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/17/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hosea 2:12-23

    God so loves His Gamer-Like people! Like a jilted lover, God rages over her infidelity. But He also fantasizes about the day when the family will be together again. Is this a fantasy?

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  • Hosea -  THe Family Portrait

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 6/10/18

    SCRIPTURE: Hosea 1:2-10

    Welcome to Hosea's world, a world of never ending ...whoredom!? Forsaking the Lord strained Israel’s covenantal bond and yielded interesting "offspring." How might Hosea's ancient promiscuous family relate to ours?

  • Paul's Penned Prayers

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/27/18

    SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 1:15-23

    The tourism industry increasingly features adventures of variable rigor. The harder the adventure, the more necessary a guide. Jesus promises that the long and sometimes arduous journey of life will require the best guide of all. How do we find and follow this guide?

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  • Life Adventure Guide

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/20/18

    SCRIPTURE: John 15:26-27 & 16:4b-15

    The tourism industry increasingly features adventures of variable rigor. The harder the adventure, the more necessary a guide. Jesus promises that the long and sometimes arduous journey of life will require the best guide of all. How do we find and follow this guide?

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  • THe Vine of Love

    SPEAKER: Lance King

    DATE: 5/6/18

    SCRIPTURE: John 15:1-11

    Jesus invites his followers to bear a kind of fruit which is nourished only by abiding in Him. Might we be undernourished? How might our individual life rhythms impact the spiritual nourishment of the world?

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  • Sinking in the Sea with a sleeping savior

    SPEAKER: Zac Cannon

    DATE: 4/29/18

    SCRIPTURE: Mark 4:35-41

    Mark's gospel reveals Jesus as a dynamic, powerful Messiah on liberating, life-giving mission. Nothing can stop Jesus, and this is good news! But what happens when Jesus falls asleep when his followers realized they might need him the most?

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  • The Story of GIDEON - Part 2: A NOT SO GRand FINALE

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 4/22/18

    SCRIPTURE: Judges 6:32:-8:33

    The story of Scripture is full of people that we might call "heroes". But why do we need them? What can we learn from them? The story of Gideon us much like our own, so how can we allow his story to help us continue writing ours?

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  • The Story of Gideon - Part 1: Call & Commitment

    SPEAKER: Landon Collins

    DATE: 4/15/18

    SCRIPTURE: Judges 2:16-19, Judges 6:1-32

    The story of Scripture is full of people that we might call "heroes". But why do we need them? What can we learn from them? The story of Gideon us much like our own, so how can we allow his story to help us continue writing ours?

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